Politicising Beyonce.


Sometimes I wish I was still at school. I had less responsibility, but a lot more was at stake. I had no life, what with classes, studying and work, but I got to learn new things. I’ve been running this blog for nearly two years now, and I’m always reading and clamouring for new things to blog about and voice my opinion on. Blogging is more fun than essay writing, so maybe I don’t wish I was still studying.

And then I read something like this: a PhD student at Rutgers university in the U.S. has devised a course called “Politicising Beyonce”.

From HuffPo:

“[Department of Women’s & Gendr Studies doctoral student and lecturer, Kevin] Allred was inspired to lecture the course following his four semesters as a Women’s Studies 101 instructor where he often found his class debating whether or not the [p]op star is a role model for today’s youth. According to the site, course topics include the extent of Beyonce’s control over her own aesthetic, whether her often half-naked body is empowered or stereotypical, and her more racy performances as her alter ego, ‘Sasha Fierce’.”

I would love to write essays on end on Beyonce’s political significance, but there’s enough on the interwebs to keep my thoughts provoked. So, because most of us won’t be able to be enrolled in “Politicising Beyonce”, here are some links to keep us entertained:

Related: Why is Feminism Still a Dirty Word?

Elsewhere: [Jezebel] Beyonce’s Pregnancy & the Debate Over Black Women “Doing it the Right Way”.

[Clutch] Beyonce, Baby Bumps & Ding it the Right Way.

[Madame Noir] How Beyonce’s Pregnancy is Being Used to Look Down Upon Single Mothers.

[Feministing] Behind Every Strong Man, There is an Even Stronger Beyonce.

[The Millions] All the Single Ladies: The Problem with Feminist Anthems.

[Jezebel] Is the Meaning Behind Beyonce’s Music Misunderstood?

[Tiger Beatdown] Why Don’t You Love Beyonce? An Inquiry.

[Jezebel] Retro Styles & Gender Play: Beyonce’s “Why Don’t You Love Me?”

[Racialicious] What Sarah Palin Taught Me About Beyonce.

[My Best Friend Gayle] Upgrade U: What We Can Learn from Beyonce.

[Jezebel] Let’s Invent a Catchy New Word for Feminism.

[Girls Are Made From Pepsi] The Post in Which I Talk About Beyonce, Feminism & Equality for All.

[HuffPo] Beyonce’s Rutgers Class: Singer’s Career the Focus of “Politicising Beyonce”.

Image via Shallow Nation.

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